Final Score: New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaromir Jagr and Adam Henrique scored one
goal apiece in the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on
Patrik Elias added an assist and Martin Brodeur stopped 16 shots for the
Devils, winners of two straight for the first time this season.
"I felt like we played a pretty good game defensively. They don't like to play
that style. You just have to be patient with them," Jagr said.
Steven Stamkos scored his ninth goal of the season for Tampa Bay, which had
a three-game winning streak snapped. Ben Bishop allowed both goals on 22
shots in the setback.
"We have a game plan in place and it gets a little frustrating when we don't
execute our plan," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "If you're going to
get less than 20 shots in a hockey game, that's not very hard to play
Henrique's shorthanded marker 1:36 into the middle session gave the Devils a
1-0 lead. Henrique corralled a loose puck near center-ice and passed it to
Elias on a 2-on-1 break. Elias sent the puck back to Henrique, who stuffed it
Jagr then stole the puck from Tampa forward Martin St. Louis and took off
uncontested before beating Bishop for his third goal of the season for a two-
goal New Jersey edge.
Stamkos made things interesting with just over 4 1/2 minutes left in the
second period. Teddy Purcell fired a shot from above the left circle and
Stamkos redirected it as he was falling to the ice to cut the deficit in half.
The Devils killed off three Lighting power plays in the final session to hold
on for the win.
Jagr's marker eventually turned into his 119th career game-winning goal,
placing him atop the NHL's all-time list in that category in the expansion
era (1967-68), one better than Hall of Famer Phil Esposito ... The Devils last
won two straight April 23-25, 2013 ... Henrique has four goals this season ...
Stamkos has a point in all but three games this season and has scored four
goals in his last four games.
10/30 00:24:36 ET
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